All articles by Phil Kornbluth

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    Helium supply outlook more optimistic for second half of 2022


    After a series of events that had negative implications for helium supply since the beginning of 2022, there have been several recent developments that bode well for improved supply during the second half of 2022.

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    Russian invasion of Ukraine will impact future helium supply


    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has dominated the news in recent days and the eventual outcome of the Ukraine crisis remains very uncertain. It is too early to know how things will turn out, but we do know that there will be an impact upon the global helium business and here ...

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    Helium markets now experiencing ‘Helium Shortage 4.0’


    When helium markets tightened up during the second half of 2021 due primarily to a four month maintenance outage of the US Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) crude helium enrichment unit, the industry consensus was that Gazprom’s Amur project would begin pumping large quantities of helium into the market by ...

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    Kornbluth: Latest Amur fire tightens helium supply for 2022


    New information about the explosion and fire that took place at Gazprom’s Amur natural gas processing facility on 5th January indicates that helium production will remain offline for at least the next six months.

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    Helium removed from US critical minerals list


    Helium has not been included in the US Geological Survey’s (USGS) 2021 Draft List of Critical Minerals, published in the Federal Register on 9th November.

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    Helium markets tighten up due to unplanned outages


    At a time when helium supply would be ample if the major sources were operating normally and helium markets are anticipating a significant influx of new supply by the end of the year, a series of unplanned outages has temporarily disrupted supply, writes Phil Kornbluth.

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    Helium start-up activity at unprecedented levels


    One result of the recurring shortages that helium markets experienced during the last decade has been an unprecedented amount of interest in exploring for helium among small start-up companies.

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    Waiting for Amur – what’s next for helium markets?


    Since Covid-19 took a chunk out of helium demand and brought Helium Shortage 3.0 to a rather abrupt end in February 2020, there has been a relative lack of headline events impacting helium markets. The market has seen sufficient supply, the end of steep price increases and no large new ...

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    Kornbluth: Lifting Qatar embargo should improve helium logistics


    Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia announced that it was restoring diplomatic relations with Qatar and immediately lifting its air, land and sea embargo that has been in place for more than three and a half years.

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    Covid-19: Will helium markets ‘thread the needle’?


    Covid-19 has dominated the headlines since it first entered the picture in January 2020 and the World Health Organisation declared a pandemic on 11th March. All of our day-to-day lives have been affected and almost every business and industry has been impacted in some way.

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    Helium: Covid-19 cuts shortage as demand drops


    Global helium markets have been impacted by Covid-19 in several ways, writes Phil Kornbluth as the first instalment of insights and thought leadership from gasworld’s Editorial Advisory Board.

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    Coronavirus likely to impact helium


    The announcement that China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) has declared force majeure due to the impact of coronavirus on its demand for LNG, provides a reminder that helium markets are also likely to feel at least a temporary impact from the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Helium Shortage 3.0


    As we close out 2019 and look toward 2020, Helium Shortage 3.0 continues to be the primary focal point for gas companies who trade helium or end-users who rely on helium in their businesses.

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    Robust pipeline of new projects bodes well for future helium supply


    While the worst of Helium Shortage 3.0 may be behind us, the gas industry and many helium users continue to struggle with helium supply allocations and high prices.

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    Helium Shortage 3.0


    As gasworld has not reported on the status of Helium Shortage 3.0 since its March 2019 edition, it seems timely to provide an update on the current state of global helium supply and the outlook going forward.

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    BLM making progress toward privatisation of helium assets


    The US General Services Administration’s (GSA) William Morgan has provided an update on the status of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) efforts to dispose of its helium assets.

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    Magnum Development


    Magnum Development, LLC is a Utah-based company that is developing multiple businesses utilizing the only known Gulf Coast-style salt dome in the western US.

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    Helium Shortage 3.0


    As we enter March 2019, Helium Shortage 3.0, the third period of sustained helium shortage since 2006, has now persisted for over a year.

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    Tight helium supply likely to persist


    As we approach the end of 2018, it appears likely that the current period of supply shortage that has affected global helium markets for most of this year will likely continue through the end of 2019, if not longer.

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    Privatization of BLM’s helium assets raises concerns


    Two of the most widely discussed topics at the recent gas world Helium Summit in Houston were the potential impact of the end of the US Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) crude helium sales to private industry and the privatization of the BLM’s helium assets which is scheduled to take ...